2018 Case Competition

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The 2018 case competition will be held at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. This year’s topic focuses on the opioid crisis, offering students the opportunity to apply classroom knowledge and innovative methods to analyze and provide strategic solutions for a community dealing with this national public health emergency. We invite each BAHM member school to enter one team into the competition. Teams will have the opportunity to:

  • Compete for first-, second-, and third-place prizes of up to $10,000;
  • Meet other BAHM-alliance graduate students from across the country; and
  • Network with business peers and professionals.

The winning project will be considered for publication in BAHM’s Health Management, Policy & Innovation  journal.

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Opiates – A Public Health Emergency

President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic to be a public health emergency in the United States. An estimated 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids in 2015, 2 million had prescription opioid use disorder, and 33,091 died from overdosing on opioids (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2017).  Half of those deaths were attributable to commonly prescribed opioids. The estimated economic cost of the opioid crisis is $78.5 billion annually (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2016).

The opioid crisis is a multi-dimensional issue with roots dating back to the 1990s when the medical profession and pharmaceutical industry became more focused on alleviating pain. This focus was bolstered by the Joint Commission’s evaluation of hospitals and health care systems on the basis, in part, of pain control. The incentives for the pharmaceutical industry to develop and market opiates, for physicians to prescribe them, for retail pharmacies to dispense them, insurance companies to cover the cost, and individuals to demand them, have created the perfect storm. To add to the complexity, for some of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, pharmaceutical opiates are appropriately clinically indicated.

Select a community and identify the extent to which the opioid epidemic exists, and create an integrated, comprehensive strategy to tackle the problem. Please describe the demographics of the community, indicate the characteristics of various actors and stakeholders. These should include, but are not limited to, hospitals and health care systems, primary care and specialty physicians, medical groups, insurance providers (both private and public), pharmaceutical companies, retail pharmacies, employers, educational institutions, law enforcement, the Director of the local Health Department, and individuals and family members impacted either directly or indirectly. Develop a business case for strategic partnerships and incentives to address the issue in your selected community.

Preliminary Agenda


FRIDAY, March 23, 2018

BAHM Welcome Reception

5:30 PM–7:00 PM (tentative)
University of Miami
School of Business Administration Complex
Executive Education Center, 3rd Flooor
5250 University Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146

SATURDAY, March 24, 2018

BAHM Case Competition

University of Miami
School of Business Administration Complex
Executive Education Center, 3rd Floor
5250 University Drive, Coral Gables, Florida 33146

8:00 AM | Breakfast Begins

8:30–9:00 AM | Welcome and Introduction of Judges and Students

9:00–12:00 PM | Morning Competition

12:00–1:00 PM | Lunch

1:00–3:00 PM | Final Round Competition

3:00–4:00 PM | Judges’ Deliberation

4:00 PM | Awards Ceremony & Reception

The Business School Alliance for Health Management (BAHM) will host its annual case competition on March 23–24, 2018 at the School of Business Administration at the University of Miami.

Below you will find:

  • Paper writing instructions
  • Presentation information
  • Judging and evaluation process
  • Overall competition information

Each BAHM member school may enter one team into the competition. 

Details of the competition are included below:

Team Selection: Each BAHM School will select up to three (3) students to represent their school. ​ Please submit each team member’s name and resume by 11:59 PM EST Friday, February 2, 2018. Email all three resumes in a single PDF to healthcare@bus.miami.edu

Teams will be notified by 12:00 PM (noon) EST Wednesday, February 24, 2018.

Topic:Developing Solutions to the U.S. Opioid Crisis”

President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic to be a public health emergency in the U.S.  An estimated 12.5 million people misused prescription opioids in 2015, 2 million had prescription opioid use disorder, and 33,091 died from overdosing on opioids (National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2017).  Half of those deaths were attributable to commonly prescribed opioids.  The estimated economic cost of the opioid crisis is $78.5 billion annually (CDC, 2016).

The opioid crisis is a multi-dimensional issue with roots dating back to the 1990s when the medical profession and pharmaceutical industry became more focused on alleviating pain. This focus was bolstered by the Joint Commission’s evaluation of hospitals and health care systems on the basis, in part, of pain control. The incentives for the pharmaceutical industry to develop and market opiates, for physicians to prescribe them, for retail pharmacies to dispense them, insurance companies to cover the cost, and individuals to demand them, have created the perfect storm.  To add to the complexity, for some of the 100 million Americans with chronic pain, pharmaceutical opiates are appropriately clinically indicated.

Select a community and identify the extent to which an opioid epidemic exists, and create an integrated, comprehensive strategy to tackle the problem.  Please describe the demographics of the community, indicate the characteristics of various actors and stakeholders.  These should include, but are not limited to, hospitals and health care systems, primary care and specialty physicians, medical groups, insurance providers (both private and public), pharmaceutical companies and their local representatives, retail pharmacies, employers, educational institutions, law enforcement, the director of the local health department, and individuals and family members impacted either directly or indirectly. Develop a business case for strategic partnerships and incentives to address the issue in your selected community.

Paper: The team shall focus on a specific community chosen by the team and develop a strategic response to the opioid epidemic addressing issues, involvement, and strategic partnerships among stakeholders in the community.

An Executive Summary shall include:

  • A general reflection of the opioid crisis in the United States
  • An indication of the choice of the community to be discussed and the underlying reason for choosing this community
  • A description of the demographics of the community and an indication of the characteristics of the various actors and stakeholders
  • Actors and stakeholders shall include (but are not limited to) hospitals and health systems, primary care and specialty physicians, medical groups, insurance providers (both private and public), pharmaceutical companies and their local representatives, retail pharmacies, employers, educational institutions, law enforcement, the director of the local health department and individuals and family members impacted directly or indirectly.

Written Submission: Due 12:00 PM (noon) EST Monday, March 12, 2018

Each team will submit:

  • A 15 to 20-page paper, not including exhibits
  • Single-spaced
  • 12-point font
  • 1 inch margins
  • Submit papers, by email, to healthcare@bus.miami.edu

PowerPoint Submission: Due 12:00 PM (noon) EST Wednesday, March 21, 2018

  • Final PowerPoint slide decks must be emailed to healthcare@bus.miami.edu
  • You may not make any changes to the deck once it is submitted.
  • Please also bring a flash drive containing a copy of your presentation with you on the 24th of March as an emergency backup.
  • Presentations will be pre-loaded on a computer and we will provide a remote control/pointer to advance slides.

Oral Presentation: Saturday, March 24, 2018

  • Teams of up to three students will have 25 minutes to present their project. They may choose to allocate their time any way they see fit between presentation and discussion and Q&A with the judges.
  • Teams may determine their strategy for presenting the paper material (one student or all students presenting).
  • Teams will present in a random order chosen on the morning of the 24th of March. ​
  • Teams will present in an open session. Schools will be permitted to watch other presentations, but will not be allowed to participate in the discussion or Q&A with the judges.

Evaluation Criteria: Based on:

  • Written Presentation: 65%
  • Comprehensiveness of research
  • Clarity of problem, assessment, and strategic solutions
  • Quality of writing
  • Strength of overall analysis
  • Consideration of key uncertainties
  • Oral Presentation and Q&A: 35%
  • In the event of a tiebreaker, the team with the highest score in the Oral Presentation and Q&A will move forward.

Judging:

  • Judges will be given the papers before the competition for review.
  • 3 judges will be present in each presentation.
  • The judging panel will be comprised of appropriate health care leaders.

Honor Code: Papers should be based on students’ original work.  Students can work with faculty to develop their assessments and arguments.

Academic Credit: BAHM schools are encouraged to give participating students academic credit for their work on this competition.  Credit amounts and requirements will be determined by the school and could take the form of independent studies, field projects, or other project-based coursework.  It is up to the participating students to understand the credit and other requirements of their school at the outset of this project.

Preliminary Schedule: Teams can plan to arrive on or before March 23rd in time for the case competition reception tentatively scheduled for 5:30 PM–7:00 PM

Saturday, March 24th – Competition Day

8:00 AM | Breakfast Begins

8:30–9:00 AM | Welcome and Introduction of Judges and Students

9:00–12:00 PM | Morning Competition

12:00–1:00 PM | Lunch

1:00–3:00 PM | Final Round Competition

3:00–4:00 PM | Judges’ Deliberation

4:00 PM | Awards Ceremony & Reception

Prizes:
First Prize: $10,000
Second Prize: $5,000
Third Prize: $2,500

Lodging and Travel: Students will be responsible for booking their travel. Student teams should consult with their university in regards to any travel authorization requirements or reimbursements.

To register, please complete the form below and return it, together with resumes, to healthcare@bus.miami.edu by 11:59 PM EST Friday, February 2, 2018.

BAHM Case Competition Submission Form

Students will be responsible for booking their travel.

Student teams should consult with their university regarding any travel authorization requirements or reimbursements.

Here is a detailed compilation of accommodation options around the University of Miami:

Hotels in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables

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